Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sony had to dig up old BlackBerrys to function during hack


When Sony Pictures' computers were hacked on Thanksgiving, its employees were forced to use older technologies to keep things running, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Staff relayed details about the hack from one person to another via phone, and had to haul in old machines to issue physical checks instead of transferring salaries through bank deposit. Sony execs also reverted to old BlackBerry company phones -- as they can send and receive emails through their own servers. These reports don't only shed light on what happened (and what continues to happen) behind the scenes at Sony, they also give us a glimpse at how the investigation was handled.

FBI wants to know if US banks launched revenge hacks against Iran

They wanna know

Your parents might have told you that revenge solves nothing, but it's not clear that American banks have learned the same lesson. Bloomberg sources understand that the FBI is investigating whether or not US financial institutions hired hackers to conduct retaliatory hacks against Iran, crippling the servers that had been used to attack the companies starting in 2012. There isn't any hard evidence banks acted on their anger, although they at least came close. JPMorgan Chase acknowledged that one of its officials proposed an offshore strike that would have knocked the Iranian servers out of commission. The staffer didn't offer a full-fledged plan, however, and nothing appears to have come out of the idea.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Microsoft is building a new web browser for Windows 10, may kill off Internet Explorer

It was about time.

According to a few sources from within Microsoft, it appears that the company is working on a new web browser — codenamed Spartan — that will debut with Windows 10. Spartan will reportedly look like a mix of Firefox and Chrome, with tabs above the address bar — and, perhaps most excitingly, Spartan will apparently support real browser extensions. (Extensions/add-ons in current versions of Internet Explorer are a bit of a joke.)

Monday, December 29, 2014

You only need a camera (and luck) to copy someone's fingerprints

The possibilities...

Forget having to lift smudges from a touchscreen to copy someone's fingerprints. According to a Chaos Computer Club presentation, you only need a camera... well, that and a little luck. The hacking association's Jan Krissler recently demonstrated that you can reproduce someone's fingerprint by getting a few good photos of their hand and processing it through off-the-shelf authentication software like VeriFinger. In Kessler's case, he got the German Defense Minister's thumbprint through photos from a press conference.

As you might already suspect, this isn't a surefire way of grabbing prints. It only works so long as you have access to high-quality snapshots of someone's digits. That's relatively easy with hand-waving celebrities and politicians, but it's far from guaranteed that someone will snap photos of your fingers while you're crossing the street. And of course, data thieves would still need to get your devices or otherwise find a way to sign in using your biometric info. The practical danger is low -- the concern is more that a determined intruder doesn't have to work quite so hard to get your secrets.

Source: Engadget

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Sound Off! What are some games and gadgets that are fun for the whole family?

Wanna play?

The holidays are here and many of us are travelling to visit families located far and wide. While it's always good to see our relatives, it's not as enjoyable to talk politics with Grandpa all day. We really need some entertaining ways to keep everyone sane. Fortunately there's a variety of games available on our tablets, phones, computers, and digital media streamers that are perfect for groups. What are your favourite standbys? Head over to the Engadget forums and share the games and gadgets you play with your family in order to keep things relaxing and fun.

Source: Engadget

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

500 Blog Posts!

I know it's a bit late,but hey, here it is.


Thank you so much!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Apple pushes its first ever silent, automatic security update to Mac OS X to fix NTP bug


Apple has pushed out its first ever automatic, silent security update to Mac OS X users, fixing a vulnerability in NTP that would’ve allowed hackers to turn Macs into DDoS zombies. In some ways, this finally brings Apple up to parity with Microsoft: Windows has technically had the ability to do automatic updates for a long time, though it’s very rare to see them performed while a system is in use — usually Windows waits for you to shut down to reboot before installing patches. Rather impressively, the OS X security patch should install transparently, with no need to restart.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Google's next lot of driverless cars won't look so silly

Mountain View wants help building its autonomous wheels

Fear not, Google's driver less cars should look a tad less ridiculous next year.

Google won't build its own self-driving cars, it's going to partner up instead
Will roll out 'beta one' models in 2015

2015 is set to be a big year for driverless cars, and Google is on the prowl for manufacturers to build them.

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Open Bay: Now you can download and host your own copy of The Pirate Bay

The Bay is now yours..... to keep

If you’re still lamenting the loss of The Pirate Bay, which was shut down last week by Swedish police, you now have an intriguing new option: If you have some web hosting, a small amount of tech savvy, and you’re located in a country where it’s legal, you can now easily host your own Pirate Bay. Called The Open Bay, it’s as simple as downloading some files from Github and running a setup wizard. If you so wish, the download also includes the complete database of torrents from The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents, and IsoHunt.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Android 5.1 arriving as soon as February?

Large number of improvements touted

Android Lollipop is slowly but surely rolling out around the world, but one report reckons Google is already planning to push Android 5.1 to our handsets in a matter of weeks.

AndroidPIT says that two separate inside sources have confirmed that Google is readying 5.1 for early next year, with the update said to be launching by the end of February.

We've contacted Google to ask if this is true, but the Android-maker declined to comment.

PC Format turns 300!

Grab a free issue of issue one to see how far we've come…

Where's our telegram from the Queen?

Three hundred issues. Twenty four years. Over 22,000 pages covering the wonderful world of technology, equating to something like 13 million words on our favourite subject.

That's an incredible body of work, and a great achievement for this humble magazine.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sony can make any eyewear more like Google Glass

This should be nice

Sony has just announced a new attachable display module that can turn a "pair of fashionable glasses, goggles, sunglasses, or other type of eyewear" into smartglasses. And, yes, it's completely detachable so you can remove it whenever you want to. This module is comprised of a control board where the Bluetooth and WiFi sensors, processor and other components live, along with a 640x400 OLED microdisplay that serves as your screen. The company sees a long list of potential applications for sports, work and entertainment, so it plans to provide "partner organizations" with an SDK.

Aside from software developing partners, we reckon there could well be hardware makers looking to incorporate the module in their own devices. Sony's camera sensors, for instance, are found in Apple's iPhones. That's why we wouldn't be entirely surprised if Google chooses this single-lens display for its next-gen Glass eyewear -- after all, Mountain View's already ditching TI's OMAP processor for Intel -- even though this will barely improve the device's 640x360 resolution. Sony plans to start mass production in 2015, so we'll likely hear about new devices equipped with this module in a year or two.

Source: Engadget

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Uncrackable quantum authentication uses photons to secure your data

Are they sure?

Multi-factor verification adds an extra layer of authentication to gain access to your data, but for hackers, that just amounts to an extra layer to bypass — a bump in the road. A new type of verification, quantum authentication, doesn’t just add an extra layer, but is nearly impossible to crack from the start.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BT is about to buy EE. No, really

It's been doing the rounds in the rumour mill and now BT has confirmed that it has entered into exclusive negotiations to purchase mobile network EE for £12.5bn.

If you're an EE customer don't panic just yet, as the potential takeover is still very much in its infancy and there's a long way for BT to go before it can complete any kind of deal.

The Game Forum

Some thoughts that I have on the way gaming forum are, then and now.

Tekken Zaibatsu

Here we go:

That's just what I think

BTW: This is the 500th post on this blog.

The Chief Technomancer
VB Kid

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tech industry completes its standards for banishing passwords

Banish the password?

Hate typing passwords? You might not have to enter them for much longer. The FIDO Alliance (backed by Google, Microsoft, PayPal and Samsung, among others) has just published the completed versions of its password-free standards for both regular and two-factor authentication. Apps and websites using the technology can now rely on a number of easier and typically more secure ways to sign you in, such as fingerprint readers and USB dongles, without having to worry about the exact device you're using. There are already some hardware and software solutions that play nicely with FIDO, but the existence of firm specs should significantly boost your choices in 2015.

Like many standards, there's some room to improve. The identity standards don't yet support Bluetooth- or NFC-based authentication, so you'll still have to use built-in gadgets or wired peripherals to prove your identity. Also, there are still holes in support. Apple's Touch ID fingerprint system doesn't work with FIDO outside of a third-party offering from Nok Nok Labs, and many other mobile and PC vendors are sitting on the sidelines. But hey, it's a start -- anything that saves you from having to memorize a convoluted series of characters is a good thing.

Source: Engadget

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Barack Obama just became the first US president to write a computer program

One with the code

Remember that Hour of Code event ? The one that had President Barack Obama hosting a computer science workshop at the White House? Turns out the president used the event to mark a new milestone in American history: He's now the first US president to write a computer program. Specifically, the president used Google's Blockly tool to craft a tiny segment of code to draw a square. It's not a very useful program, but its creation is symbolic of the event's message -- with a little effort, anybody can learn to code. Even one of the busiest men on the planet.

Source: Engadget

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Firefox for iOS is coming, but it’s not what you think

Not exactly

For Firefox diehards, iOS has always been a bit of a sore spot. Mozilla dabbled on Apple’s platform a few years back with an app dubbed “Firefox Home,” but the company has largely shied away from iOS due to Apple’s restrictions surrounding rendering engines. Now, Mozilla is changing course, and bringing a version of Firefox to iOS running WebKit — Gecko be damned. Can this strategic decision help turn the table in Mozilla’s favor, or is the move to WebKit a nail in Firefox’s coffin?

Pirate Bay Apps Yanked From Google Play

Looking for an app to help you access The Pirate Bay on your Android phone? You might have a hard time finding one on Google Play.

Google on Friday removed several popular third-party Pirate Bay apps from the Play Store on the grounds of copyright violation, TorrentFreak reported. The list of newly banned apps includes The Pirate Bay Proxy, The Pirate Bay Premium, The Pirate Bay Mirror, and PirateApp.

These apps use proxy sites to help users get around ISP blockades and access The Pirate Bay from a mobile device. Google claims they violate intellectual property provisions of its Play Store content policy.

Hacker Group Lizard Squad Takes Down Sony's PlayStation Network

You will learn SONY

Fresh on the heels of what appears to be a major attack on Sony Pictures by the North Korean government, the Japanese tech company was hit again Sunday night.

This time the company’s PlayStation Network was taken down. Sunday night, PSN users were greeted with an error message.

“We are currently investigating the root cause for the issue,” Sony has stated.

In the Sony Pictures hack, over 100 terabytes of data was stolen. The PSN hack appears to be far less severe.

It does, however, come at the end of Sony’s first ever PlayStation Experience, and during the company’s 20th anniversary celebration for the PlayStation brand.

Hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the network’s outage, tweeting: “PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad.”

Source: Forbes

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PS4 just KO'd the Xbox One by exclusively landing Street Fighter V

Also coming to PC

'I will meditate and then destroy you' 

Hadouken! Capcom's just confirmed it's working on Street Fighter V, and the game's first teaser has revealed something pretty interesting: it's coming exclusively to PS4 and PC.

It seems someone at Capcom pressed the button too early as the trailer has now been taken down, but there were no other details to share beyond the fact that it's happening, and that it's not coming to Xbox One - at least for the time being.

There's always the chance this could turn out to be another finite exclusivity deal like Xbox's Rise of the Tomb Raider. Even if it is, it's a good retalliation move from Sony.
We've contacted Capcom to ask about the nature of this exclusivity deal and we'll update the moment we hear more.

Source: TechRadar

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Friday, December 05, 2014

Your next iPhone might use motors, thrusters to prevent screen-cracking falls


You know that weird quirk of physics where toast and iPhones always fall face down? Well, I have good news: Your next iPhone might have the ability to change its angle mid-fall, so that it lands on its side or back, saving the brittle glass display. Apple is researching a whole host of weird and wonderful ways of correcting the trajectory of a free falling smartphone — some are sensible, such as using the phone’s vibration motor to change the fall angle slightly; others, such as using small canisters of compressed gas to act as retro thrusters that can slow the descent, are slightly on the, er, futuristic side.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Sony's retro-themed PS4 makes us feel nostalgic

Sony announces retro-themed PS4 to celebrate 20 years of PlayStation

Back to the future

All the nostalgia

The original PlayStation has just turned twenty years old, and Sony is celebrating with the launch of a retro-themed, limited edition PlayStation 4.

Shedding its skin for a new coat reminiscent of the PS1, the grey PS4 comes bundled with a matching controller and even some old-school power cables for the full effect.

Sony told us that its new PS4 will be available in time for Christmas, and it'll soon be sharing information on how you can get one of these grey little beauties yourself.

Your VB Kid

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Any OS Trying to Beat Android Has Long Road Ahead

Long road...

Though still on the rise, smartphone growth is set to slow in the coming years, according to the latest data from IDC.

Global shipments will reach an estimated 1.3 billion units this year—an increase of more than 26 percent over 2013. But the future doesn't look quite as bright.

IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report suggested that 1.4 billion smartphones will be shipped in 2015—a 12 percent year-over-year growth rate. What's more, the annual gaps will continue to close, reaching 1.9 billion units in 2019—only a 9.8 percent growth rate between 2014 and 2018.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Microsoft is killing off Clip Art in favor of Bing Images

Farewell, '90s illustrations

Back in the ‘90s, Clip Art took over Word and PowerPoint files thanks to the thousands of office workers and students who used the images as a way to "improve" their documents. These days there are a large number of free images available on the web, and Microsoft is recognizing this by killing off its Clip Art portal in recent versions Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. "The Clip Art and image library has closed shop," explains Microsoft’s Doug Thomas. "Usage of Office’s image library has been declining year-to-year as customers rely more on search engines."

While most references to Clip Art disappeared with Office 2013, users were able to insert the old-school images into documents using an Clip Art option. That is now being replaced by Bing Images, with Microsoft filtering images to ensure they’re based on the Creative Commons licensing system for personal or commercial use. Most of the new images are much more modern, instead of the illustrated remnants of the past. Clip Art might be facing the same Office-related demise as the great Clippy assistant, but let the images below remind you of the good old times before the modern-era takeover.

Source: The Verge

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Is the Chromebook unstoppable?

The only things that can stop the Chromebook are you and Google
OPINION It's not the product, it's the perception

The Chromebooks are still waiting for the world to notice them.

For a long time, Chromebooks seemed like they would fizzle, and for just the reasons you might expect. People called them under-powered, said they didn't run the software they depended on, and that there was just no compelling reason to buy one over a cheap Windows or Linux laptop. For a while, we got one Chromebook at a time, made by different manufacturers - not unlike how Google's Nexus brand is applied to smartphones and tablets made by a succession of manufacturers.

But little by little, the Chromebook has gained momentum and diversified, and now ABI Research forecasts that a little over four million Chromebooks will be sold this year (compared to 300m conventional laptops). Four against 300 doesn't sound like much, but this would probably be a doubling of Chromebook sales over the previous year - while conventional laptop sales are predicted to fall from 316m according to ABI.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Microsoft to show off Windows 10's consumer features at January event

Should be a touching occasion

Nott long to wait.

Microsoft showed off Windows 10's desktop and mouse features when it made the enterprise-focused technical preview available to download on October 1, and as expected, it offered very little in the way of new touch functionality.

According to a new report, you might not have long to wait to see Windows 10's tactile side and its consumer features. Microsoft insiders told The Verge that Redmond is planning to show them off at an event to be held in late January, which will be separate to Microsoft's appearance at CES during the middle of the month.

As the report notes, Microsoft previously said that it would unveil the new operating system's consumer features in "early 2015", so a date of late January fits the bill.

Windows 10 brings a number of new features, including a revamped Start Menu with Live Tiles, new options for snapping and arranging Windows and virtual desktops, a new desktop-friendly Charms bar and a new, shortcut-friendly command prompt.


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Is Apple set to kill off the iPhone 5C

Apple's iPhone 5C may turn out to have been a short-lived experiment

Goodbye, cheap rainbow
Lookhow cute it is

The iPhone 5C is Apple's most affordable, colorful and adorable iPhone, but it's reportedly going to be discontinued by the middle of 2015.

Apple's suppliers will cease production on the iPhone 5C next year, possibly after some final promotions on the company's part, reports Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times.

The iPhone 5C is currently available only in a tiny 8GB size, and it's notably lacking the TouchID sensor present on the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus and even the older iPhone 5S.

TouchID is critical to the company's Apple Pay plans, which may be why the iPhone 5C has to go.

But that leaves one enormous, colorful question: will a TouchID-equipped iPhone 6C replace it?

Source: TechRadar

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EU wants Google's 'right to be forgotten' to work for global searches too

Google might not yet be forgetful enough

Should privacy or freedom ofinformation prevail?

Earlier this year the EU made a ruling that Google must give its citizens the 'right to be forgotten', by removing search results for things that are "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which [it was] processed" if requested to by the affected individual.

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMD shows off Carrizo, declares it on time and coming in first half of 2015


When rumors surfaced several weeks ago claiming that AMD would launch Carrizo late this year, we attempted to deflate them with minimal success. Now, AMD’s John Byrne has taken to YouTube to demonstrate the new Carrizo APU and to confirm that both Carrizo and Carrizo-L won’t ship until the first half of 2015 — in line with original expectations. Managing product narratives is particularly important for a company in the midst of the kind of transitions that AMD is experiencing, and the internet’s self-referential echo chamber can become a nightmare.

Alienware’s knockoff Steam Machine finally ships, but it’s not the gaming PC you’re looking for


There was a lot of hype surrounding the impending launch of Valve’s Steam Machine platform, but much of the excitement dissipated when the first wave of machines were delayed until 2015. Now, Alienware is going in alone, and shipping its own consolized gaming PC with an Xbox 360 controller and a custom 10-foot interface. It’s certainly an interesting gambit from Dell, but this offering is pretty weak. It’s not as flexible as a normal gaming PC, and it’s not as cheap as a PS4. The Alienware Alpha just seems stuck in an uncomfortable no man’s land.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

For the first time you can now search through every tweet ever

Tweets from years ago are suddenly fair game

Twitter has opened the floodgates and is now letting you search through anything that's ever been posted on the 140-character social network.

That's hundreds of billions of tweets since Twitter launched in 2006, the company says.

Up to this point Twitter's search index has parsed through mainly recent tweets, but now it includes them all - for better or for worse.

Twitter Search Infrastructure Engineer Yi Zhuang elucidated a number of different uses for the new expanded search, from tracking historic elections to revisiting entire conferences, in a blog post.

Let's be honest, though: you're going to use it to look up every embarrassing thing your friends ever tweeted, and godspeed you on that mission.

Source: TechRadar

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Bold move: Yahoo will soon be Firefox's default search engine

Mozilla ditches Google and signs with Yahoo

Yahoo and Firefox team up

There were a ton of fledgling search engines when the web was young - remember Ask Jeeves, or the one with the dog? - but over time Google emerged as the top choice for basically everyone.

(Except except for Microsoft, although that's a different story.)

That does, however, include Mozilla, makers of Firefox, which has always used Google as its default search engine - until now, that is.

Sergey Brin picked a bad time to leave his Google Glass in the car

OPINION The cracks begin to show

Apply yourself, Sergey

The future of Google Glass feels less certain than ever. Not only is Google rumoured to have pushed back the public launch of its headset to 2015, but developers like Twitter are already backing away from the wearable device.

Not helping matters is Google's very own co-founder and father of Glass, Sergey Brin, who showed up on the red carpet at a Silicon Valley event last week sans Glass. A bare-faced Brin has become a rare spot, so naturally he was asked by one reporter about the whereabouts of his trusty Glass. Brin's answer? He left it in the car.

Chrome's bookmark manager is getting some useful new features

Take a picture

Chrome's new bookmark manager

In most cases saving a bookmark is pretty straightforward, and it's an area in which browsers haven't really had to improve much over the years.

But Google is nevertheless introducing some new features in Chrome that will roll out "over the next few weeks," Google Product Manager Cynthia Johanson wrote on the Chrome blog.

With Chrome's new bookmark manager you'll be able to select an image and add a note or "snippet" to save along with a bookmark to make it easier to find later, and Chrome will also suggest a folder for it if it detects one that makes sense.

The update will also add improved search, letting you search not just your bookmarks' titles but also the contents of the bookmarked pages, automatic organization by topic, and social bookmark sharing, and all your existing bookmarks will be updated as well.

The changes hit the Chrome beta first and should roll out to more users soon.

Source: TechRadar

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nvidia’s new Tesla K80 has 24GB of RAM, doubles up on GPU horsepower


For the past two years, Nvidia has launched high-end supercomputing hardware at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (sensibly abbreviated as SC). Today, at SC14, Nvidia is following that trend, except this time it’s bringing a new dual-GPU product to the table. The new K80 is based on a revised version of the GK110 chip, dubbed GK210, with 13 of Kepler’s 15 SMX’s enabled and a 300W TDP. This may allow the card to hit higher Boost frequencies than the desktop-oriented Titan Z, which struggled to deliver equivalent scaling to two Titan Black’s in an SLI configuration.

MIT can now use E. coli DNA tape recorders for living and replicating data storage

Could cloning be on the way?

DNA microchips can now encode arbitrary digital information at a density of over at 700 terabytes per gram. That number could be pushed much higher, theoretically even as high as 455 exabytes per gram. Cold hard storage capacity like that is great, but what if that kind of power could be integrated with something more alive — something like a single cell, or for that matter, integrated into every cell.

Monday, November 17, 2014

We can land on comets. Why does everyday tech still suck?

GARY MARSHALL If humans are so smart, why haven't we solved these tech traumas yet?

I've been marvelling at the images beamed back to Earth by Philae, the plucky little robot probe that's currently parked on the excitingly named Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

The mission's even more impressive when you consider that in the 10 years it's taken Philae to reach its four-billion-mile target, we've seen astonishing advances in technology. And that's got us thinking. Surely if the tech of 2004 can send a robot four billion miles and parallel park it on a flying ball of rock, the tech of 2014 should have eradicated all kinds of annoyances by now? If we humans are hot stuff, why haven't we solved this little lot?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Microsoft makes .Net open-source, finally embraces iOS, Android, and Linux


It’s a big day for Microsoft and its (soon to be even larger) cadre of dedicated developers: Starting today, Microsoft is making the core parts of its .Net framework open-source, and cross-platform on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Microsoft is also committing to adding Android and iOS support in the upcoming Visual Studio 2015 — in fact, there’s already an Android emulator in Visual Studio 2015 Preview, and iOS support will be added soon. Furthermore, Microsoft is releasing a new version of Visual Studio — “Community 2013″ — that is free and full-featured. This is a bold move that will attempt to cement .Net, C#, and Visual Studio as the dominant development platform across Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, and Mac — and, well, it might just work.

Lollipop will bring tasty new features to Android Wear

Here's what Android Wear's Lollipop update will bring to your wrist

Google's keeping it fresh

Material Design is right around the corner

The latest version of Android is readying itself for the jump to smartphones, but details have only just emerged about what Google has planned for the wrist-based version of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

There's no definitive date for Android Wear's update to Lollipop. But according to reports posted on Phandroid, we'll be seeing plenty of new features when it drops - including the arrival of Material Design.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Dark market massacre: FBI shuts down Silk Road 2.0 and dozens more Tor websites

The Shut-downs

A large-scale bust by the FBI and the UK’s National Crime Association has resulted in the arrest of 17 individuals in several countries, and the shut down of more than 25 other .onion (Tor) websites — including the darknet’s Grand Poobah, the Silk Road 2.0. [Note: The FBI originally reported that it had downed more than 400 sites, but this has since been replaced with a drastically lower number.] An incomplete record of the investigation is creating wild speculation about the FBI’s Tor-cracking technologies, but while there are still questions about how exactly the Bureau located a few key servers, a potential Tor-cracking technology is not the only possible explanation for these raids. Former SpaceX engineer and avid web developer Blake Benthall has been charged with running the Silk Road 2, and if guilty it seems he went down for the exact same reason as mild-mannered coder Ross Ulbricht before him: he was stupid.

Microsoft will unveil its first Nokia-less Lumia on Tuesday

Get set for a new era of Microsoft smartphones

Microsoft teases its first non-Nokia Lumia, coming November 11

Promises it will be 'big on experiences'

Something's coming...

Microsoft has posted a teaser on Facebook which hints at a new Lumia announcement coming on November 11.

The post includes a close up of a front-facing camera and the date 11.11.2014. Along with the image, the Nokia Facebook page cryptically states 'Big on experiences. #MoreLumia'.

Microsoft is in the process of dropping the Nokia name from its Lumia phones, and it looks like this will be the first handset to be branded as a Microsoft Lumia.

Furthermore, on Microsoft's website it adds, "Microsoft is delivering the power of everyday mobile technology to everyone", suggesting that we're in store for a mid-range device.

Relationship status: it's complicated

We've recently seen leaks of a new Lumia phone, dubbed the RM-1090, that appears to have dropped the Nokia branding in favour of a Microsoft logo.

Microsoft has also stated that its non-Nokia smartphones will be unveiled soon. The new Facebook post might be referring to these handsets.

It's pretty likely that the tease is in relation to the Microsoft Lumia handset we reported on earlier, but we'll have to wait until November 11 to find out what exactly Microsoft has in store.

Source: TechRadar

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Friday, November 07, 2014

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare disables Share Play on the PS4

And you wonder why I don't like Call of Duty...

If you were hoping to play your friend’s copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare with Share Play on the PS4, I’ve got some bad news for you. Sony’s game-sharing feature, introduced recently with the 2.0 firmware, will not work with one of this year’s biggest releases. Sadly, Activision disabled this feature on purpose, and the executive team at Sony didn’t bother stopping it. Now, we wait to see how many other publishers will follow Activision’s lead.

The Alienware Graphics Amplifier: Finally, desktop quality graphics on your laptop


The Alienware 13 laptop — announced this morning — will go down in history as the first ever laptop allowed into the vaulted, blustery, and mythical halls of True PC Gaming. While the laptop itself is just an upgraded version of the Alienware 14, it has a new peripheral that will blow your mind: the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, an external enclosure that allows you to attach a full-length desktop graphics card — such as the Nvidia GTX 980 or Radeon HD R9 295X2 — to your laptop. The price of desktop-like performance on your laptop, though, is steep: The Amplifier itself, without a graphics card, is $300 — and, sadly, it (currently) only works with the Alienware 13 laptop.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

255Tbps: World’s fastest network could carry all of the internet’s traffic on a single fiber

This is awesome:

A joint group of researchers from the Netherlands and the US have smashed the world speed record for a fiber network, pushing 255 terabits per second down a single strand of glass fiber. This is equivalent to around 32 terabytes per second — enough to transfer a 1GB movie in 31.25 microseconds (0.03 milliseconds), or alternatively, the entire contents of your 1TB hard drive in about 31 milliseconds.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Windows 10 will come with a command line package manager, much to the lament of Linux users

They lament

Sorry, penguin lovers — if you thought that 2015, in the heinous wake of Windows 8, would finally be the year of desktop Linux, you were sadly mistaken. Microsoft is trying its best to make Windows 10 the dream OS for the billions of people around the world who use a desktop PC with a mouse and keyboard — and, as a result, this means Windows 10 will actually come with a package manager. Yes, in Windows 10 you can open up a command line shell and install VLC or Firefox or thousands of other packages by typing in a single command.

Google would like to make Android Wear compatible with iOS

Google executive drops an intriguing hint

But how would Apple feelabout it?

Google's Android Wear OS is enjoying quite the uptake at the moment, appearing on the likes of the Moto 360 and the new LG G Watch R.

But a very intriguing new development could be making the open-source OS compatible with Apple's iOS - as hinted by Android Wear's product manager Jeff Chang.

Chang spoke to Huffington Post UK and explained that iOS's large user base is, obviously, quite an attractive target for the team.

"We always want as many users as possible to enjoy our experience, so in terms of enabling more people to use Android Wear we're very interested in making that happen," he said.

Platform alteration

Chang went on to caveat his remarks with the observation that Apple holds all the keys when it comes to iOS and the hardware it runs on. And he points out that Cupertino might not be inclined to share.

"It's not always completely up to us, right?" He said. "There are technical constraints, API constraints so we are trying really hard."

Apple, famed for its 'walled garden' approach, is sometimes willing to play nice with rival software. Earlier this year the company allowed Microsoft to finally launch Office for iPad on its tablet range.

But with the introduction of HealthKit and particularly the Apple Watch, a new market segment for the company, it's probably a tad unlikely Apple will be receptive to an approach from Android Wear.

As with most smartwatches time will tell.

Source: TechRadar

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Thoughts)

I have been on the fence about this one from the start.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Anyway, let's go:

The Chief Technomancer
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Monday, October 06, 2014

HP announces split into two companies, but sadly they won’t be called H and P

they have split...

HP, after years of will-they-won’t-they deliberation, has officially announced that it will be split into two separate companies: HP Inc, which will focus on PCs and printers, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, which will take over the servers, storage, and other enterprisey aspects of HP. Current CEO of HP Meg Whitman will become the CEO of HP Enterprise; HP’s head of printers and PCs, Dion Weisler, will become HP Inc’s new CEO.